The Man has Won TWO national Championships in the last SIX Seasons. The Man has guided teams to SIX Final Fours. This year alone, the Man has dealt with “CRAZY, OVERBEARING” Parents (Mr. & Mrs. Larry Drew); 3 McDonald’s High School Americans transferring (Larry Drew II, Travis & David Wear); Another Player getting kicked off the team (Will Graves); And, through it all, Roy Williams has persevered to Unparalleled Heights in a Tumultuous Calendar Year which could culminate in yet another ACC Regular Season Title for The North Carolina Tar Heels.
I don’t bleed Carolina Blue; I don’t bleed Duke Blue; & I don’t bleed N.C. State Red & Black. With all due respect to Matt Painter at Purdue; Mike Brey at Notre Dame; Dave Rose at BYU; Jim Calhoun at UCONN; Steve Fisher at San Diego State; Williams has proven undeniably that he is not only the ACC Coach of The Year, but also The National Coach of The Year.
Williams has had far more experienced teams throughout his illustrious Hall of Fame career than he does now. For example, he had the #1 team in the country the entire season going into the 1997 NCAA Tournament with future NBA players Jacque Vaughn, Raef LaFrentz, Scot Pollard, and Paul Pierce. That team underachieved getting upset by the eventual National Champion Arizona Wildcats. In spite of all the issues he’s dealt with in Chapel Hill over the last 365 days, Williams has painted his Picasso Win or Lose Saturday Night against arch-rival Duke.